4 quick ways to create more white space in your calendar (so you have time to think, breathe and lead!)
Mid career professionals are employed as leaders to think, not just do.
Unfortunately, many leader’s calendars are overflowing with tasks, back-to-back meetings and inboxes full of emails. Despite sometimes working nights and weekends in an effort to stay on top of things, they never seem to catch up. They are time poor and exhausted.
When you’re busy, it can be easy to think that you can’t invite white space into your calendar. But you can!
And the great news is, when you do, you have more of a chance of getting your skills, talents, and achievements seen and recognised (hello promotions and opportunities!) PLUS you’ll feel far less exhausted!
Here’s 4 easy ways you can create more white space in your calendar, today!
One – Delegate
If you lead a team you have them for a reason, so utilise them! It’s not your job to do Busy Bee work, it’s your job to do Queen Bee work. Having white space allows you to do this!
Consider who you have on your team, what their strengths and interests are, and what tasks/meetings/opportunities you can hand over to them.
Two – Say no
As a leader, you don’t have to say yes to every request that crosses your path. In fact, a leader stands in her power, assesses how doing said task may or may not add value to the organisation, and makes a considered decision from there.
Saying no doesn’t make you weak or incapable, it establishes you as an authority!
Three – Prioritise
It can be easy to want to do everything and ‘close all the tabs’ at the end of the work day/week but the simple fact of the matter is, the work will never be over.
Prioritising what is most important will support you to stay focussed on the work that truly matters and supports the growth of your team, your organisation and your career.
Four – Carve out time
Once you’ve gotten into a rhythm delegating, saying no and prioritising, you can create some white space in your calendar and carve out time to work on bigger and more strategic projects (the ones that get you recognised for the leader you truly are!)
This space will allow you to get your creative juices flowing, solve problems and create new and innovative ideas that will make you stand out in the crowd and put you in a position of power.
Make this time a non-negotiable and treat it with the respect it deserves!
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